As a Christian I find it as equally challenging as many others with this journey we are on while running this race. For many the struggle is, “what is my kingdom assignment or God’s call on my life?” If we don’t know what we are supposed to be doing outside of belonging to a local church, how will we ever know if we are pleasing God? The following verse from Paul to the Galatian church sums it up regarding his perspective on the race at hand.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
First we must have a revelation; that God saved us for a purpose here on earth, and not just to escape hell after this life. He wants us to be his hands, feet and voice in this earth to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Again, the majority throws off most of the responsibility of this commission to the preacher or evangelist of the local church, but quite frankly most churches that I know do not have an evangelist on staff; and again this is important that we, as a church, operate in the five-fold ministry, but we are called to make disciples…
…and when we make disciples, we should be seeking to multiply His Kingdom in the process. The challenge of life’s demands seem endless–from your responsibilities at home, and kids in different programs after school, to hobbies–it seems to never end. That is the number of reasons why people are just not available for the work of ministry.
At the core, my job as a Pastor is summed up well in Ephesians 4:11-13:
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
So with this revelation must come the realization that I was bought with a price, I am no longer in charge of my life.
And the only way to fulfill this destiny is to get into God’s perfect plan and will for my life.
We. must. die. to. self.
Paul explains it well, “I die daily”.
Jesus said that whoever is his “disciple must take up his cross and follow him”. Well, a cross represents sacrifice.
The Bible also states that we are to be a “living sacrifice” holy and acceptable to God.
Did you see that? The only way that God accepts us is to be dead-to-self and desires. I know the Bible is clear that God will give us the desires of our heart but I believe he is stating that when we are dead-to-self and alive to Christ, he will place his desires for us in our hearts to carry out. It is not referring to us having or getting selfish desires.
This. is. Kingdom. living.
Get alone with God and start to ask him these things. Read the Word and learn to hear His voice in His word, in your spirit and through the confirmation of others. Become a tree that constantly is bearing good fruit, and fruit that remains.
Pastor Mike Drouin